- 2 Corinthians 11:6-10
- 2 Cor 11:6 (KJB)
- But though I be rude in speech, yet not in knowledge; but
we have been thoroughly made manifest among you in all things.
- Rude - Untrained or amateur
- Here the Apostle Paul is stating that he may be rude in speech, in that,
he was not a trained lecturer and he was not well trained in Greek rhetoric
as the false teachers were. He will grant them that maybe he is not the best
speaker but he will not relinquish any ground in the area of knowledge. He
is speaking of his knowledge of salvation and things pertaining to the Lord
Jesus Christ and the church. The false teachers were attempting to lead
astray the church at Corinth but Paul was trying to bring them back to the
Lord Jesus Christ. Paul goes on to state that he and his band have been
manifested openly to the Corinthians and they have not hidden anything from
them or have a hidden agenda. In everything they were transparent and the
Corinthians knew this. Sometimes a Christian may be transparent yet there
will still be those who will still look to find fault.
- 2 Cor 11:7 (KJB)
- Have I committed an offence in abasing myself that ye
might be exalted, because I have preached to you the gospel of God
- An offence - A sin
- In abasing - Make low or humble
- Freely - As a free gift
- The false teachers had always charged exorbitant rates for their
services, just as they do today. Paul had given his services freely to the
Corinthian church and this non-charging of a fee would have probably brought
more scorn in the eyes of the false teachers. If a preacher comes along and
states that he will not charge a penny to preach, it may get the church
people thinking that why should we pay for someone when we can get another
for free. Paul asked them straight out that did he commit a sin by humbling
himself so the Corinthian Christians can be exalted, that is, saved? Was he
sinning because he gave himself to them freely and without any strings
attached? The ones you have to watch out for are the ones who charge high
rates to preach, because at the outset, they are already thinking more
highly of themselves than they should.
(Rom 12:3 KJV) For I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man that
is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to
think; but to think soberly, according as God hath dealt to every man the
measure of faith. This would be evidenced by the
rates they charged.
- 2 Cor 11:8 (KJB)
- I robbed other churches, taking wages of them, to do you
- Robbed - Plundered
- Here Paul gets right to the point concerning his support. He accepted
financial support from other churches for the purpose of not burdening the
Corinthian church. This is the essence of missions in that we send out a
missionary and they plant a church somewhere in the world but it costs them
nothing because the cost is borne by those who sent the missionary and this
is what Paul was saying. Can you imagine a missionary walking into a strange
town and the first thing he does is attempt to take a collection? They would
run him out of town but if he comes in with the bills already paid and
starts a church, then in time, it may become self-sufficient and then it
will send out missionaries to expand its ministry or start a separate church
in another region.
- 2 Cor 11:9 (KJB)
- And when I was present with you, and wanted, I was chargeable
to no man: for that which was lacking to me the brethren which came from
Macedonia supplied: and in all things I have kept myself from
being burdensome unto you, and so will I keep myself.
- Wanted - To lack
- Chargeable - To be burdensome
- From being burdensome - Without weight or light
- Here Paul states his policy concerning support. When he was with the
Corinthians and he had certain needs, he did not become a burden to anyone
in Corinth. It was the churches in Macedonia which had met the needs of Paul
while he was planting the church in Corinth. He wanted to remain in the
state of not being a burden to anyone in Corinth and that was his ongoing
desire. He did not want to risk the reputation that he was in it just for
the money as the false teachers were. There was a total difference between
the philosophy of Paul and the false teachers. Paul was in it for souls, and
the false teachers were in it for the money and notoriety and that was why
Paul guarded his reputation so he was not considered part of them. It would
have spread like wildfire if Paul was asking for money because his
detractors would have immediately accused him of hungering after money and
that would have been the end of Paulís solid reputation.
- 2 Cor 11:10 (KJB)
- As the truth of Christ is in me, no man shall stop me of this boasting
in the regions of Achaia.
- Paul held to the truth of Christ which was in him and in no way was he
going to be deterred from his mission and from the biblically ethical way he
was living and planting churches. The false teachers could make all the
accusations they wanted to and that would not sway Paul in any way from his
mission. He was like the Lord Jesus Christ who knew His mission on earth and
would not be deflected in any manner.
(Luke 9:53 KJV) And they did not receive him, because his face was as though
he would go to Jerusalem. The Lord Jesus knew what
would have to transpire in Jerusalem and therefore would not be diverted
from it. The Apostle Paul knew what his responsibility was and he would not
be diverted from it, no matter what the false teachers accused him of. He
would be vindicated by staying the course. In our Christian walk we will all
run into those who want to divert us from the truth or those who will want
us to stop doing our Christian work. We must be like Nehemiah.
(Neh 6:3 KJV) And I sent messengers unto them,
saying, I am doing a great work, so that I cannot come down: why
should the work cease, whilst I leave it, and come down to you?
As Christians we must always look out for the diversions
which will come our way that attempt to halt our Christian work.